NEAR reveals Eros' bland butterscotch colors
JHU/APL PHOTO RELEASE
Posted: March 1, 2000
Eros' subtle butterscotch hue at visible wavelengths is nearly uniform across the surface. Two days after these images were taken, mapping by NEAR's infrared spectrometer showed that Eros exhibits a great deal more variety at longer wavelengths. These variations could be due to differences in texture or composition of the surface. Both NEAR's multispectral imager and infrared spectrometer will be used extensively during the month of March to map Eros' color and spectral properties from an altitude of 200 kilometers (120 miles).
The images to be returned will show details as small as 20 meters (68 feet) across, providing a new perspective on the asteroid's many fascinating landforms discovered so far by NEAR.
Built and managed by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, NEAR was the first spacecraft launched in NASA's Discovery Program of low-cost, small-scale planetary missions.
Eros' hemispheres - Mosaics show stark beauty of Eros' two opposite hemispheres.
NEAR lowered - A brief engine firing nudges NEAR ever closer to 433 Eros.
First science - Early data from NEAR indicates that 433 Eros is no ordinary space rock.
First orbit image - NEAR's first view of Eros after entering orbit around the asteroid.
Mission Status Center - our comprehensive coverage from orbit insertion.
Encounter Preview - background about NEAR's arrival at asteroid 433 Eros.
Eros' Heart - NEAR captures a heart-shaped object on asteroid Eros.
Road to Eros - montage of images show the asteroid from NEAR during approach over the past three weeks.
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